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South Africa - Farm Attack Victims: 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

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  • Hannes Christie (1953 - 2018)
    Hannes Christie (1953 – 2018) Brief overview: The three murders of Hannes (65) from Coligny were each released on R1800 bail in the town’s magistrates court. Danny Melato, Thabiso Tierman and Attie...
  • Andries Steenkamp (1941 - 2018)
    Dries Steenkamp (1941 – 2018) Brief overview: Brief Biography: Other Victims/Family Funeral/Memorial The Farm/Smallholding The Region (Land disputes, other incidents etc.) Attack Deta...
  • Tshidiso Kgotlele (1964 - 2017)
    Tshidiso Kgotlele (1964 – 2017) Brief overview: Brief Biography: Other Victims/Family Funeral/Memorial The Farm/Smallholding The Region (Land disputes, other incidents etc.) Attack De...
  • Bob Gawler (1929 - 2017)
    Dennis Gawler "Bob" (1929 – 2017) Brief overview: Bob (83) (Murdered) and Denise Gawler (74) - attacked, beaten, Bob shot in the stomach with his own firearm, passed at scene. Took between 4-8 hrs ...
  • Jan Hough (1953 - 2017)
    Jan Hough (1953 - 2017) Brief overview: Jan (64), was found stabbed to death in an open field near Spieëlkop, Kakamas, Northern Cape. A domestic worker has been arrested for allegedly murdering a p...

“Farm Murders” 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

TAU 2017/18 "official" figures: 70 Murders from 418 Attacks

SAPS 2017/18 "official" figures: 62 Murders from 561 Attacks

The South African Police Service, during their press briefing, released updated figures for the number of recorded farm murders (though not attacks) for 2017/18. The SAPS presentation stated that there were, in fact, 62 farm murders during 58 attacks, not 47 as widely reported. Of those murdered, 52 were the owners or occupiers of the farm/smallholding, 9 were farm workers and one was a farm manager. 42 murders took place on farms, 15 on smallholdings and one at a cattle post.

67 Murders logged in this project

  • 45 Farmers in Total
  • 28 Farmers – Commercial
  • 10 Farm Commercial employees (Managers/Foreman/Workers)
  • 4 Farmers – Informal
  • 7 Farmers - Retired

Definition of a Farm Attack

The National Priority Committee for Rural Safety defines a Farm Attack as follows: Acts of violence against farms and smallholdings are those acts aimed at any person or persons living on, working at or visiting farms or smallholdings with the intent to either murder, rape, rob or otherwise inflict bodily harm or to intimidate. It is important to note that cases of domestic violence and/or crimes caused by a dispute between family and/or friends are not included in the definition of a farm attack.

Thus the definition of “Farm Murders” specifically EXCLUDES “Social Fabric Crimes”, for example: see Names at bottom of page: (Victims that do not fit the strict definition of a Farm Attack)

Therefore when murder rates are compared, Other Social Fabric Crimes should also be excluded... (To use the German term “Raubmord”- murder committed in an aggravated robbery)

StatsSA’s 2016 Community Survey did produce estimates of the size of that section of the white population that is affected by farm attacks. It found that there were 47 218 white-headed households engaged in some kind of agricultural activities on “farm land” – including both commercial farm land and small holdings. Of these 24 959 were involved in commercial agriculture and 11 007 were small holders. 30 out of 24 959, Gives a Commercial Farmer Murder Rate of: 120/100000

The “Raubmord” rate for the population as a whole would be in the vicinity of 12 per 100 000 for all aggravated robberies, and 4 per 100 000 for home and business robberies (combined). (See “Farm murders: Fact-checking the fact-checkers” by James Myburgh)

What this boils down to is Commercial Farmers are 30 times more at risk than average South Africans from being killed in the event of an aggravated robbery in their homes or on their farms.. In 2012/13 financial year, 84 police officials out of a total of 155,531 were murdered. That is a ratio of 54 per 100 000. Commercial Farmers are more than 2 times at risk than Policemen.

This points to the fact that Farmers are being targeted in high numbers way out of proportion to the size of their community, and gives credence to those who believe that white farmers are the victims of a 25 year ongoing terrorist campaign to drive them from disputed land.

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Victims that do not fit the strict definition of a Farm Attack

  • Jan Hough (64) 08/11/2017 Kakamas, NC (stabbed to death in an open field) external link
  • John Khoza (72) 27/10/2017 Louw’s Creek, Mpumalanga (neighbour quarrel over a fence) http://archive.is/oSUjK external link]
  • Luke von Johnston (66) 27/10/2017 Louw’s Creek, Mpumalanga (neighbour quarrel over a fence) http://archive.is/oSUjK external link]